Chaibva Defects To Zanu PF

Chaibva, a national executive member in the smaller MDC party led by
Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara, further castigated the party
for allegedly transforming itself  into atribal party.

This he expressed in a letter to MDC vice president Gibson Sibanda
dated January 1, 2010.

“You know I have tremendous respect for you as a person and it is for
that reason that I felt it necessary to advise you in particular of my
resignation from the party, which you now have christened MDC-M, for
the love of personality cults, I guess.

“I do not want to leave you doubting as to what my next political move
would be. I want you to know that I have joined Zanu-PF immediately. I
seek to work hard for the people’s party, Zanu-PF, to regain its
revolutionary image as the defender of our freedom, democracy and the
gains of our liberation struggle.”

The outspoken politician was in July 2008 dramatically relieved of his
responsibilities as secretary for information and publicity for the
MDC-M after attending the inauguration of President Robert Mugabe in
2008.

His party did not sanction his attendance.

The faction, which was backing Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai,
Mugabe’s only challenger in the disputed June 27, 2008 presidential
run-off, did not want to associate itself with Mugabe’s purported
victory, which the 86 year old leader snatched from the then contender
Tsvangirai after a two month orgy of violence which left hundreds
killed and further displaced thousands.

Tsvangirai pulled out of the election at the eleventh hour citing an
increase on state sponsored violence on his party structures.

When a united MDC split in October 2005, the nomadic legislator joined
a break away faction then led by current MDC-M secretary general
Welshman Ncube.

He has since found it difficult to win a seat in parliament and has
confined himself into being a critic for the MDC-T.

In 2006, he suffered a humiliating defeat to the MDC-T’s Emmanuel
Chisvuure during a Budiriro by-election.

The controversial politician polled a paltry 504 votes against
Chisvuure’s 7 949 votes.

In the same election, Jeremiah Bvirindi of the then ruling Zanu PF
polled 3 961 votes.

Recently, Chaibva has been enjoying a lot of airtime on the state
controlled ZBC TV where he has persistently poured scorn on the
Tsvangirai led MDC, which he has blamed for inviting sanctions on
Zimbabwe.

Chaibva joins independent Tsholotsho North legislator Professor
Jonathan Moyo who abandoned his title as independent lawmaker to
rejoin Zanu PF.

Moyo has since been rewarded with a position in the powerful Zanu PF
central committee.